House Appropriators Make Significant Cuts to Farm Energy Programs in FY18 Agriculture Spending Bill

On June 29, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved a spending bill for FY2018 providing $144.0 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), $876 million lower than FY2017 and $4.64 billion above President Trump’s budget request. The popular Rural Energy for America Program (Sec. 9007), as well as the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (Sec. 9010) and the Biorefinery Assistance Program (Sec. 9003) funding levels are significantly reduced by the appropriations bill. These three programs are part of the Farm Bill’s Energy Title (IX). 

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Headlines:

1. U.S. Ethanol Production Capacity Continues to Increase

2. Watchdog Group Sues EPA to Access Communications With Icahn

3. Chairman of Corn Growers Association Fights to Keep Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Alive

4. Air Pollution Exposure May Hasten Death, Even at Levels Deemed 'Safe,' Study Says

5. German Chemical Company Evonik Will Build a Second Plant in Biotech Hub, Blair, NE

 

 

 

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